Directed by Brian Percival
Written by Markus Zusak (novel) and Michael Petroni (adaptation)
Starring Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Ben Schnetzer, Nico Liersch
A stellar cast including Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson brings to life the tale of a young girl who discovers that stories have extraordinary power to sustain the human spirit. Based on Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel, the film gives new talent Sophie Nélisse the opportunity to shine in the lead role. In 1938, near Munich, Rosa and Hans Hubermann take in nine-year-old Liesel. Kind Hans bonds with his foster daughter through their shared love of words as he teaches her to read her first book. Into this sphere of warmth and safety, amid the turmoil of Nazi Germany, comes Max, the Jewish son of Hans’s World War I comrade. Confined to the basement, Max asks Liesel each day to describe the outside world, encouraging her to make words her own as she grows into a young woman and a storyteller. This beautiful film is full of contrasts, balancing the innocent joys of childhood against the horrendous realities of a world at war. – Mill Valley Film Festival.
Screening at Cinema Society in November
Followed by a Q&A with director Brian Percival, Sophie Nélisse and Geoffrey Rush